Anhell Hover Boost Airboard Review
Generally my advice is to steer clear of sub-$300 self-balancing boards. These are usually “direct from China” products that have dubious parts, origins, and documentation. The Anhell Hover Boost appears to fit this description; yet user feedback is generally positive and the specifications don’t look too bad.
Attack of the Clones
Make no mistake though, it’s pretty clear by just looking at this product that it’s a rebranded clone. Poorly written English in the manual and product description are a sure warning sign. Still, Amazon has removed all hoverboard products that have no safety certification and the Anhell Hover Boost also states that is complies with the requisite standards. Furthermore, there’s a claimed 1-year warranty and the supplier, Shareconn, says shipping is from a domestic source in the U.S. So basically this is a cheap hoverboard that survived the great Amazon Safety Cull and Recall (TM). Curiouser and curiouser . . .
Man in the Mirror
Looks-wise this is identical to every other clone hoverboard out there. Same shape for the light; same wheel decal. The difference comes in the form of that ugly Shareconn, which I would remove or paint over with a Sharpie immediately. Apparently the Hover Boost comes in two colors: red and blue. The pictures, however, clearly show black and blue, which is how the confusing facts about this board are making me feel at this point.
Cooking the Books
One of the big issues with this hoverboard is that I can’t get any solid information on the numbers. The official product description says that the Hover Boost has Bluetooth, can do between 9 and 12 miles on a charge, and has a top speed of 12 mph. According to customers, that conflicts with figures on the box and in the manual. So for many of these specifications we have three different numbers and no way of knowing which is the correct one. It also reportedly has no Bluetooth, which is plainly a lie to prospective customers.
This kind of thing makes me skeptical about really important facts such as UL certification and the use of genuine Samsung batteries. If they can’t get the basic specs straight, how should we trust the rest?
Still, the price of the Hover Boost is undeniably attractive and Amazon would have needed to see safety certification certification before letting it re-list on the storefront. So the main concern, safety and fire hazard, are probably not an issue.
Users have noted that the board works fine, but that the quality of the shell is pretty bad and starts peeling straight away. Which explains why so many people are buying vinyl protection covers for it. There are also reports that the Hover Boost has a particularly violent turning force, enough to fling small children off, although that may just be over-zealousness on the child’s part.
The Hover Boost is one of the cheapest boards to make it through Amazon’s hoverboard crackdown and at less than $300 costs had to be cut somewhere. Personally I wouldn’t treat this as anything more than a toy. I certainly wouldn’t trust it as a way to commute. If you accept that it may break down or not stand up to much and are just looking for a cheap way to have fun, then I certainly won’t stop you. At least there’s a 1-year warranty. Just make sure you invest some of the money you save on a decent helmet and pads for the rider.